Jokanovic leaves Sheffield United after six months as damning statement released

Paul Heckingbottom has been handed a deal until 2026 to take over Sheffield United, who are currently 16th in the Championship, eight points above the relegation zone, after winning just six of their first 19 league games this season

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Sheffield United have appointed Paul Heckingbottom as their new manager on a four-and-a-half-yearafter parting company with Slavisa Jokanovic.

The Serbian coach has left the club after just six months in charge, with U23 boss Heckingbottom stepping into the hot seat.

Heckingbottom was United’s interim manager last season following the departure of Chris Wilder, winning three of his ten Premier League games in charge to impress the club’s hierachy.

Jokanovic – United’s first overseas boss – leaves the team 16th in the Championship, eight points above the relegation zone.

The Blades were tipped for promotion at the start of the season but have won just six of their 19 league fixtures so far.

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Jokanovic’s final game was the 1-0 victory at Reading on Tuesday, an evening overshadowed by midfielder John Fleck collapsing on the pitch.

In a statement to announce his exit, the Blades focused more on his replacement, with little in the way of tribute or acknowledgement to Jokanovic.

“Sheffield United and Slaviša Jokanović have parted company, with Paul Heckingbottom installed as the club’s football manager,” the statement read.

“Following several months of strategic planning and a lacklustre start to the season, the board decided that a change was in the best long-term interests of the club.”

The relationship between Jokanovic and the club’s hierachy is believed to have frayed over his lack of funds in the transfer market, signing one player on a free and four on loan.

First-choice goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was also sold to Arsenal 11 days before the transfer deadline.

United were relegated from the Premier League last season after losing 29 of their 38 fixtures under previous manager Wilder and caretaker Heckingbottom.

Following in the footsteps of Wilder was always going to be a challenging task for Jokanovic, as the boyhood Blade led the club from League One to the top flight.

Heckingbottom, who played for United’s rivals Sheffield Wednesday, has previously managed Barnsley, Leeds and Hibernian and was appointed the club’s U23 boss in July 2020.

Stuart McCall, who was the Blades’ assistant manager under Neil Warnock between 2004 and 2007, has returned to the position – leaving Blackpool.

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United have also appointed Jack Lester – another former player – as their new head of player development.

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